Indian airlines SpiceJet gets a fine of Rs 1 million for offloading disabled passenger



In a landmark judgement, India’s Supreme Court has asked budget Indian airlines SpiceJet to pay Rs 1 million ($ 15,000) in damages to a disabled passenger, who was forcibly offloaded from a flight in 2012. The court said that the deboarding of the flyer, who suffers from cerebral palsy, reflected a “total lack of sensitivity” and “unreasonable discrimination”.

Disability rights activist Jeeja Ghosh was deboarded from a SpiceJet flight in Kolkata to Goa in February 2012. Ironically, she was traveling to attend a conference on disability. The court noted that the airlines did not give Ghosh “appropriate, fair and caring treatment”, and called its decision to deboard her “uncalled for” and in violation of “human dignity”. Read more…

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Alibaba Enters Messaging Market With $215 Million Investment in Tango



Why let Facebook have all the fun?

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba has jumped into the messaging market with a $ 215 million investment in Tango, a four-year-old messaging and social-networking app.

Part of a total fundraising round of $ 280 million, the investment provides Tango with capital to compete in the increasingly high-stakes competition between messaging apps that has blossomed outside the U.S.

Tango offers users the ability to text, make voice and video calls, play games and stream music from Spotify — all free of charge. The app operates over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks, and currently boasts more than 200 million users. Read more…

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South Korea’s Top Messaging App Expects $200 Million in Revenue This Year



In South Korea, there’s no escaping KakaoTalk. The country has a smartphone penetration rate of 73%, according to research firm EMarketer, and of those people, 93% use the mobile messaging app Kakao, Nielsen said.

Kakao expects its app will generate about $ 200 million in revenue this year, according to the company’s forecasts. That’s compared with $ 42 million last year, with a profit of $ 6.5 million.

But with little room left to grow in its home country, Kakao is looking elsewhere. That’s harder than it seems. Nearby Asian countries have already picked their favorite messaging appsLine is wildly popular in Japan, and Tencent’s WeChat dominates China with more than 230 million users. Read more…

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